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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc. Reliability Functional Coordination Manager (IRC39948) in Westminster, Colorado

Brief Posting Description

This leadership position reports to the Vice President, Transmission Operations and actively supports and delivers on Tri-State's mission, through management of the data used for the real-time operation of the transmission grid. This position is tasked with the authority and responsibility to support the compliance with all applicable North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and Regional Entity Reliability Standards through management of a robust compliance and controls program.

Tri-State recognizes the value of a highly-engaged and committed workforce and provides an excellent benefits program that includes:

Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance Health Savings Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Tuition Reimbursement, Flexible Work Schedules including compressed work week and telecommuting opportunities to work remotely up to 50%, Life Insurance, 401K, Long Term Disability (LTD), Short Term Disability (STD), Employee Assistant Program (EAP) and Paid Leave Benefits.

Reliability Functional Coordination Manager

Hiring Salary Range: $143,000-$178,000

Actual compensation offer to candidate may vary outside of the posted hiring salary range based upon work experience, education, and/or skill level.

Job Requirements


  • Approve and oversees the implementation of data quality standards on the EMS and other operational systems to ensure a standard approach to Alarming, Modeling, Naming, and Display configuration to maximize situational awareness and consistency for safety, reliability, and compliance.

  • Approve and oversees the implementation of EMS system changes to ensure the SCADA operation is up-to-date and functional for all aspects of the operation (e.g., monitoring and control, real-time assessments, operations training simulator, etc.)

  • Oversees the implementation and maintenance of Transmission Operations' compliance program to ensure a consistent approach to audits.

  • Provide input in the development, implementation and maintenance of Transmission Operations Emergency Plan, Procedures, Standing Orders, and other documents, guidelines, and procedures within Transmission Operations.

  • Oversee the preparation, review, and communicate System Reports and Metrics for both internal and external requirements (e.g., Interruption Reports, NERC TADS and NATF data, departmental monthly reports, etc.)

  • Assist in preparation and administration of annual functional area budget.

  • Represent Tri-State on designated committees or organizations as required.

  • Effectively leads through change and adversity and demonstrates the ability to successfully resolve issues as they arise. Participates in key substantive discussions and supports decisions. Establishes a positive and supportive environment for employees.

  • Maintain compliance with all company policies and procedures and attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of regulations, laws, standards, and best practices applicable to functional area.

  • Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.


  • Prepare reports and special projects as required.

  • Assume duties of the Vice President, Transmission Operations as required.

  • A champion of the cooperative business model and embrace the Cooperative Principles.

  • Prepare and administer annual performance evaluations with staff personnel.


  • Leadership: ability to identify functional area business needs and establish goals and objectives and ensure alignment with enterprise goals.

  • Planning: ability to think ahead and plan upcoming initiatives including prioritizing workload, developing schedules and meeting deadlines.

  • Decision Making: ability to weigh options, consider alternatives and forecast outcomes and determine option which is best for the enterprise. Understand how to balance emotion with reason and make decisions that positively impact themselves, their employees, their customers and stakeholders, and their organizations. Ability to make decisions in difficult situations.

  • Management/Supervision: ability to organize and manage multiple priorities and supervise work of assigned staff, including projects and daily activities.

  • Time management: ability to prioritize and schedule projects and meet deadlines.

  • Demonstrate behavior consistent with company values.

  • Problem analysis and problem resolution at both strategic and functional levels.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

  • Strong team player accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.


Education and Training:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or other related technical field or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Must be NERC-certified at the Reliability Coordinator (RC) level and must maintain NERC-certified status through continuing education.

Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:

  • Extensive knowledge of electric utility interconnected system operations, equipment and terminology.

  • Extensive knowledge of safe clearance procedures, safety rules and industry operating criteria.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.

  • Ability to organize and direct the work of others in a real-time environment.

  • Ability to assimilate technical information and react under stress conditions.


  • Ten (10) years of progressive experience in transmission operations


  • Must be on 24-hour call 7/24 unless otherwise arranged.

  • Willingness to travel as required. (Must possess a valid driver's license.)

  • Must be able to demonstrate that he/she can perform all of the essential functions of the position.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level up to 10 lbs., climb stairs and ladders and push/pull up to 50 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.

  • Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform basic math, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.

  • Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is occasionally exposed to dust/dirt, fumes, chemicals, vibrations, noise, poor ventilation, working at heights, and exposed to electrical risks.

Additional Details

All employees interested in this position may apply online at the Tri-State Intranet site.

Click on Job Postings, then click on the iRecruitment link, Log In, then click on the iRecruitment Employee Candidate link and then click on Search for jobs.

Company Description

Tri-State is a wholesale power supply cooperative, operating on a not-for-profit basis, with 45 members, including 42 utility electric distribution cooperative and public power district members in four states: Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Together with its members, Tri-State delivers reliable, affordable and responsible power and energy services to more than a million electricity consumers across nearly 200,000 square miles of the West.

Tri-State was founded in 1952 by its member systems to provide a reliable, cost-based supply of electricity. Headquartered in Westminster, Colo., approximately 1,200 people are employed by Tri-State across five states.

Tri-State's electricity is generated from coal, natural gas and hydropower, with a rapidly increasing supply generated from wind and solar. Tri-State delivers power to its members through a transmission system that includes substation facilities, telecommunications sites and over 5,700 miles of high voltage transmission lines. Tri-State's transformative Responsible Energy Plan is reducing emissions, increasing renewable resources, developing new energy services and delivering more flexibility for its members.

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